Last Sunday we heard Jesus’ command to forgive. Only when we forgive can we be open to the richness and power of God’s grace in us. Refusal to forgive is the elephant in the room in our souls. It must be dealt with – for our own good.
Printed in the bulletin was a prayer I wrote for this very struggle – in me, in us all.
Here it is for your use…our use:
A Prayer to Forgive
“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”…
Lord, we say those words so quickly and easily,
without much thought.
Yet, from our own deep pain we know how hard it is
to forgive those who have hurt us.
The words are easy to pray,
hard to do.
Forgive us, Lord, for refusing to forgive…
for nursing our anger…
for speaking ill of another and thinking worse…
for declaring war on another and demanding victory.
Help us to take our smoldering embers of anger
and lay them at Your altar.
Begin within us that wonderful, renewing cycle
of giving and receiving your mercy.
In other words,
“forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…”
(silent prayer) Amen.
Blessings to you in the Lord,
Some notes to pass on:
From Mike Segeleon…
Bethany Young Adults:
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This Sunday the message is from Mark 12: 28-34. “Prioritize!”
And this Sunday is Upward Sunday, as we honor our participants in the Upward ministry. Come and celebrate with us. Upward folks wear your jerseys or shirts.